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The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg O’Connor as Racing Industry Manager. One of New Zealand racing’s most recognisable faces after a decade working as a presenter for Trackside Television, Greg will take up his new role on July 20. New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club chief executive Brian Thompson was greatly encouraged by the large number of high quality applicants received for the position. “We are very excited about Greg’s appointment; he has already made a huge contribution to harness racing in his previous roles and is held in high regard within the industry,” said Thompson. “Having someone with his knowledge and passion for harness racing, along with his expertise in promoting the sport will be a great addition to our team.” “We know Greg will bring a fresh approach with new ideas that will safeguard the sustainability of racing at Addington and the wider industry” Brent Smith,  chairman of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club confirmed the board were delighted with the appointment of Greg and pleased his skills and knowledge will be able to be used for the benefit of Addington Raceway which in turn will benefit the harness racing industry in general. For O’Connor returning to Addington, where he worked as promotions officer from 1994 to 2000 is a homecoming. “To have the opportunity to work back at Addington where it all began for me in harness racing really excites me,” said O’Connor. “It’s the equal of any track in Australasia and the potential to enhance it’s already great history of Addington Raceway is one I’m very much looking forward to.”   For any question on this media release please contact Carlo Gomez  - carlo.gomez@addington.co.nz.

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Promising juvenile trotter Time Up The Hill is the third generation of her family Michael Ward has trained and he thinks she could be the best. While Ward holds the daughter of Muscle Hill in high regard, it will take a lot of beating to surpass her dam Majestic Time’s efforts on the track. She won two Group Three races for Ward, including the Hambletonian Classic (1609m) and NZ Trotting Oaks (1950m), while she was also Group One placed in the 2YO Ruby (1609m) and New Zealand Trotting Derby (2600m). As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Time Up The Hill didn’t get the chance to contest any stakes races as a juvenile, but she has shown her potential late in the season with two wins and a placing from three starts. She broke last start but Ward said he was rapt with the way she recovered and ran home for third. “I think she only broke last time because the ones on the inside broke and she just went out in sympathy,” he said. “I thought it was a good run to get third.” Time Up The Hill added to her win tally at Addington Raceway on Sunday when taking out the Allied Security two-year-old Mobile Trot (1980m). She began well from the mobile, taking an early lead from barrier two before handing up to Love N The Port. She remained in the trail throughout before challenging late up the passing lane and the pressure told on leader Love N The Port, who broke late in the piece, and Time Up The Hill was able to get up for a half-length victory. “It was a good run and a top drive,” Ward said. “That other horse (Love N The Port) got away on her on the turn today and Ken said he gave her one and then she pinned her ears back and kept going. “I was reasonably confident of running in the top three today. The one I was really frightened of was Ben Hope’s one (Eurokash) and I expected Mark Purdon’s one (La Reina Del Sur) to go a lot better than what it did.” Ward has been pleased with her progress this preparation and wasn’t overly perturbed she didn’t have the opportunity to contest the Jewels, like her dam. “Her mother ran second in the Jewels and early on in the season we would have had a show, but there’s nothing you can do about it, you have just got to carry on,” he said. “It’s an unbelievable crop of two-year-old trotters.” Ward said there are many similarities between Time Up The Hill and Majestic Time, however, he believes the former has superior staying abilities. “Time Up The Hill has got a few quirks, she likes to kick you and bite you, but she has a bit of speed and staying ability,” he said. “She is a bit like her mother, she had a bit of attitude. “They are very similar. Majestic Time had speed, but I don’t think this one has the sheer speed like her mother. She has a bit more staying ability.” Ward is looking forward to next season where he is hoping to contest several three-year-old features, including avenging Majestic Time’s runner-up result in the New Zealand Derby. “Majestic Time should have won the Derby if she had got out in time. Mark Purdon got that one with King Denny,” he said. “But the Hambletonian will be my first programme with her as a three-year-old. I have won that before (with Majestic Time) and I would like to have another go at it.”

By Jonny Turner    The All Stars stable is back and it is ready to make an impact at Addington on Sunday. Trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen will line up their first runner since March when La Reina De Sur clashes with an exciting field of 2yr-olds trotters over 1980m. Driver Tim Williams will handle the daughter of emerging trotting sire Father Patrick and former classy racemare Escapee when she attempts to repeat her debut win January. The reinsman simply can’t wait to get back in All Stars colours. Though, technically, he will have to wait a little longer as he will be wearing owner Trevor Casey’s silks on Sunday. “From Sunday onwards it will be good to have the blue and silver colours on pretty regularly,” Williams said. La Reina De Sur has made eight public appearances this season and Williams has not been behind her in any of them. That is partially because Rasmussen has been working closely with the filly. And the 2yr-old goes in to her second start with her trainer’s tick of approval. “She is one that Natalie has done a lot with and she likes her,” Williams said. “Natalie was really happy with her at the workouts earlier in the week, so it is a nice race for her to kick off in again.” La Reina De Sur was third behind her stablemates Mexicana and Wanna Play With Me in her workout at Ashburton on Tuesday. She has had one other post-lockdown workout, running second to Wanna Play With Me on the same track last week. Royal Del is the only rival La Reina De Sur clashed with in her debut win. Williams admits the filly is facing a big step up in class when clashing with Greg and Nina Hope’s trio of Franco Jorik, Summer Lovin and Eurokash and the talented Time Up A Hill. “It is going to be a bit of a step up because that first win was almost a non-tote race,” Williams said. “It is a nice field and it is probably going to be a different kind of race.” Manners are the key to any 2yr-old trot and they appears to be La Reina De Sur’s strongpoint. She was perfect in her Addington debut and has looked solid in her gait at home. “Touch wood – that has been her, really – she has been pretty reliable.” “She has had plenty of practice, being off the [home] place eight times, so that is going to stand her in good stead.” La Reina De Sur was rated the $3.30 second favourite to win race 6 behind $2.80 favourite Eurokash. Eurokash impressed when beating Franco Jorik, Summer Lovin and Time Up A Hill on debut at Addington two weeks ago. Williams also drives Gotta Ticket (race 2), Missalyssa (race 5) and Donegal Carnbouy (race 7) at Addington on Sunday. Gotta Ticket ran third first up at Addington and Williams expect him to be prominent again. “From the good draw, so long as he is on the pace he should be in the mix,” Williams said. Donegal Carnbouy was just over two lengths from Allandale when fifth at Addington last week and Williams thinks he is capable of improving on that placing “He is in the right race and as long as things go his way he should be pretty competitive.” Missalyssa could feature in race 5, but it depends on whether she brings her best manners. “She is just a little bit hard to catch at the moment,” Williams said. “When she won she was really good and she warmed up really good.” “From the couple of drives on her it seems like how she warms up is how she races and you have to catch her in the right mood.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with a nine race program starting at 12:35pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington. Addington Selections 12th July Race 1 Flame Lady has been racing well in these amateur driver races and has a decent draw to work with here. Top selection….. Plutonium racing well in better fields and should get a run through from the draw. Must include for multiples….. The Governor another who does well in the amateur driver races. Would not surprise to see him in the placing again today…… Changearound one paced but a place chance if they go hard all the way and a big run for second last start. Selections:  Flame Lady  (4),   Plutonium (11),   Changearound (7),   The Governor (9)   Race 2 Sugarinspice decent draw for this and her manners usually good.Can run top three in this field …..Tequila Sunset tidy finish for third two starts ago and a similar run would see her go close here. Chance at longer odds….. Shpeedy running good races and should be thereabouts again in this field if she can step cleanly at the start.….. Bright Glow disappointing last start but better than that. Winning claims with her best effort.   Selections:  Sugarinspice (4),   Tequila Sunset (8),   Bright Glow  (2),   Shpeedy (3)   Race 3 Madame Frost Unlucky her last couple and well drawn. Winning claims and top selection…… Magicol Ideal big run last start and should start favourite. Likely leader early and should be hard to beat…. Donegal Gilbert better runs his last two starts and will be thereabouts again in this field. Needed….. Magical Matty not far away last start and will be fitter here. Draw helps so must include for multiples. Selections:  Madame Frost  (1),  Magicol Ideal (2),   Donegal Gilbert (6),    Magical Matty (4)   Race 4 Go Davey continues to run good races and getting better with racing. Weaker field here and should run top three..….. Pats Dragon disappointing last start but getting better with racing and usually steps well. Must include in this field….. Vintage Beach good beginner and will be near the speed throughout. Place chances best here….. Stealth Bomba has been very good his last three runs and a good place chance if he can land the front early. Selections:  Go Davey  (8),   Pats Dragon (6),   Vintage Beach (2),    Stealth Bomba (7)   Race 5 Missalyssa top win two starts ago but 50/50 on getting around without breaking. Can win with no mistakes midrace….. Steel Dust top workout during the week when right not far away from top trotters. Winning claims here ….. Kowhai Sundown easy win last start but a step up here. Can still win with a good run in transit. ….. Honeys Son good second to Missalyssa two starts ago and didn’t handle the track last start. Can win at decent odds. Selections:  Missalyssa(10),   Honeys Son (2),   Steel Dust (5),    Kowhai Sundown(9)   Race 6 Eurokash getting fitter with racing and unbeaten so far. Top selection here…. Love N The Port  impressive win last start and mobile helps. Winning claims….. La Reina Del Sur coming in fresh and trialing well. Chance of another win but this is a strong field….. Franco Jorik has been good the last three starts but will need to step up again here. Place chance best. Selections:  Eurokash (8),   Love N The Port  (7),   Franco Jorik (4),   La Reina Del Sur (3)   Race 7 Jazelle slightly disappointing here last week but good draw and will be fitter. Top selection….. Ivana Legacy tidy finish from back in the field last start. Winning claims with luck in the running…… Four Starzzz Shiraz has been racing well this campaign and one for longer odds in this field….. Hes Fast And Furious running on last start and will be fitter. Can place Selections:  Jazelle (5),  Ivana Legacy (7),   Four Starzzz Shiraz (9),  Hes Fast And Furious (10)   Race 8 Idle Moose running on late last and a similar run would take him close to winning.Good draw and top selection here…. She's Allthe Craze last couple of runs have been good and reliable at the start. A winning chance with luck in the running.... Justan's Sister no chance last start after breaking but previous runs good. Can redeem herself with manners..... Alvira Hest late finish for fourth here last start. Place claims best in this field. Selections:  Idle Moose (2),   She's Allthe Craze (4),   Justan's Sister (5),   Alvira Hest  (9)   Race 9 Luella she was ok last campaignt and coming in fresh with no trials. Big chance on ablilty….. Machs Mareta better run last start for second. Can run top three with luck….. Adam Patron getting better with racing and a nice win last start. One of the better chances in this field.…… Mordecai has been unlucky in most of his races this campaign. Place hope with luck Selections:  Luella (2),   Adam Patron (3),   Mordecai  (6),    Machs Mareta (5)   Harnesslink Media

All eyes will be on the juvenile squaregaiters tomorrow afternoon at Addington as a number of leading lights go around in the sixth race of the day, the Allied Security Mobile Trot. The race, scheduled for 2.41pm, sees the Greg and Nina Hope barn go hoof-to-hoof with the All Stars harness racing stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. The Hopes have proven dominate in the trotting ranks since coming back from the Covid related lock-down with their charges Eurokash, Summer Lovin and Franco Jorik all showing genuine ability. These Hope runners will meet stiff opposition from the All Stars trained La Reina Del Sur, an animal armed with both royal blood and a winning record. The progeny of Father Patrick La Reina Del Sur impressed at a recent Ashburton trial and looks like an animal that will develop with racing. Other wagering options in the race may come in the form of both Love N The Port, a Phil Williamson trained son of Love You who won his debut at Invercargill with a touch of arrogance and Time Up The Hill, the K Barron trained daughter of Muscle Hill who could provide some value to those looking outside the favoured types. The filly is looking for her second win from just three starts. Another “interest” race on the card is the seventh of the day, the Fahey Fence Hire Regional Racing Mobile Pace. The race sees the Murray Pash trained Jazelle attempting to snare herself a win after a run of consistent efforts of late. Ben McMillan.     

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk     Westwood Beach trainer Graeme Anderson has been associated with some quality horses over the years and he may have unearthed another one. Spirit Of St Louis extended his burgeoning record to eight wins from just 12 starts at Addington Raceway on Friday night when taking out the Spectators – Tasty Pizza Mobile Pace (1980m). The son of Sweet Lou settled to the rear of the field from his outside barrier for driver Matthew Williamson who sat patiently behind the gelding for the majority of the race. The three-year-old gelding showed his blistering turn of foot when sent three-wide at the 800m mark and within a blink of an eye he was sitting outside leader Cast No Shadow. Spirit Of St Louis was able to relax before Williamson asked him to extend again turning for home where he was able to withhold the challenge of Matt Damon to win by a neck, with a further three-quarters of a length back to Bettathanfast in third.   “He has come to the big dance a little bit, drew the outside and showed how good he is,” Anderson said. “The great thing about him is that he will relax. He got around them and just dropped the bit again, which is a quality of a good horse. “You combine a bit of speed with a good mental attitude and you create a nice horse.” The exciting gelding has only finished outside the top two once in his career and Anderson believes he has a bright future ahead of him. “Everything has been a win and a second a part from one day at Roxburgh where he was going the other way in the standing start and they let them go, and he was pulled up,” Anderson said. “He has never let anybody down in his life and today (Friday) showed that he is right there. “We were pretty disappointed he couldn’t get to the Derby and the Jewels. We had backed him right off and prepared him all year to go to those races. “We have just pushed on and our judgment has been justified by what he has done in the last couple of weeks.” While disappointed to have missed the opportunity to target the three-year-old features, Anderson is eyeing some lofty targets for his gelding next season. “I see the Supremacy Stakes (Gr.2, 2700m) is going to come back, which will be in Invercargill in October. That is a $50,000 race he is qualified for and we will target that,” he said. “After that we can nominate for a few races around the place and wait and see. “It is a difficult one when his record is great and he hasn’t had a lot of racing. But with the handicapping system as it is he is almost an open class horse, so we have to roll with the flow.” Anderson has a lot of time for Spirit Of St Louis and is already comparing him to his former topliner Eamon Maguire, who went on to win the Gr.1 Messenger (2700m) and Gr.1 4YO Emerald (1609m) for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. “He has got as much speed as Eamon Maguire and he is very relaxed,” Anderson said. “This guy has got all the speed and all the attributes of a good horse. “After Christmas the Taylor Mile and Messenger could be on the cards. Eamon Maguire won and placed in those races and this horse is probably as good as him, so we will be looking at them.”

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    Trotting maestro Kevin Townley will have a two-pronged attack in the Spectators – Book A Table Mobile Trot (1980m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night and he is hoping both runners will be competitive. Last-start Gr.2 New Zealand Trotting Oaks (1980m) winner Vacation Hill will be in a fresh state on Friday and he said the daughter of Muscle Hill just keeps getting better with time. “Vacation Hill is a lovely filly and I expect her to go really well on Friday,” Townley said. “She has had two trials and she showed that she is back up and ready to go again. She made a mistake from the standing start in her second trial, but went a really good last mile.” Premiership leading driver Blair Orange will take the reins on Friday where Vacation Hill will be the sole starter on the second line. “She should be ready, she just needs a bit of luck off the second line. You never know what is going to happen there,” Townley said. Townley has no particular targets in-mind for the promising filly, however, he said he is contemplating on a trip north. “In the next month we have got to decide on the sires’ stakes and the sales series,” he said. “They are both in Auckland, so we have got to decide whether it is worth going all the way up there. “It is two weeks between the races up there, so it is a long trip.” Vacation Hill will come up against stablemate Aorangi on Friday night, who has drawn three and will be driven by John Dunn. The four-year-old son of Peak has had two runs this preparation, finishing third first-up in May before breaking late in the piece last start after being posted three-wide for the majority of the 1980m trip. “His first-up run was very good,” Townley said. “I did wonder if it did flatten him all the same because it was a hard run first-up and may have been one of the reasons why he didn’t go as good last time. “He broke last start because he was tired, it was too hard a run I think. Hopefully he will bounce back, but he is not a great friend of the punters, you do have to be a bit wary of him. “He’s good at home, but a bit unpredictable on raceday.” While Townley is looking forward to Friday night, he was buoyed by Immer Besser’s trial win on Wednesday, which has him excited for the season ahead. “Immer Besser went well in her trial,” Townley said. “She should come up and race well very soon, I might even put her in next week. “She trialled very well so I am looking forward to getting her back to the races.”

The doubts trainer Phil Williamson harboured last time he took Majestic Man to Addington are gone. Which makes the speed freak trotter the bet of the night at Addington this evening and maybe even the safest bet of the weekend. Majestic Man clashes with last-start conqueror Matau Tana in a small but select main trot race at an Addington meeting that also features the return of star juvenile pacer Krug, a rarity for this time of the season. Majestic Man raced in a similar field to what he meets in race six tonight a month ago and on that occasion he was outstayed by Matua Tana, the enormously talented mammoth of a trotter who is stomping his way to open class. Williamson is one of the greats of training trotters in New Zealand and he admits he wasn’t surprised a race fit Matua Tana outmuscled Majestic Man that night. “I think he was only 80 per cent that night (last start) and that is why he got beaten,” says Williamson. “That is no disrespect to Matua Tana, who was very good that night but my horse has improved since then  “His work has been a lot sharper and I think he is going in to this week ready to win.” One of Majestic Man’s sharpest weapons is his gate speed and Williamson is open about what his driving instructions will be to son Brad tonight.  “I think he should use that speed, lead and stay in front because he is ready to win that way.” If Majestic Man does lead and is fitter than last start then Matua Tana is going to need to go to another level to beat him and the latter actually raced a length or two below his best when he was beaten last start. His trainers Greg and Nina Hope were also looking to bring former age group star Enghien to tonight’s race having not raced since October last year but he has been scratched.  The trotters won’t be the only big names on show as Krug could lay claims to being the best juvenile pacer in the country, albeit in a truncated season.   Michael Guerin

By Jonny Turner    The march towards a massive spring of harness racing will take another step forward when star 2yr-old Krug returns to racing at Addington on Friday night. The group 1 winning colt will clash with older horses when he steps out for the first time since March in race 5. Harness racing’s recent shutdown came at just the wrong time for trainers Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon after Krug cemented his spot as the country’s top 2yr-old male pacer with his win breakout win in the Cardigan Bay Stakes at Alexandra Park. Though the trainers were naturally disappointed Krug’s season came to a screeching halt over lockdown, it has not been completely bad news. “We were sort of brassed off that we missed out on the Stakes races, but the horse thought it was a good idea,” Dalgety said. “Because he did bulk up in the time he had out and so he should, too.” “So, we are on track there and hopefully we can start off with a winning note.” Krug comes in to his 1980m resumption having had just one post-lockdown workout. The 2yr-old showed he had lost none of his zip when dashing home to beat subsequent winner, William Wallace, at Rangiora. Despite his lack of public appearances, Dalgety is confident Krug’s fitness levels are where they need to be. “He is pretty close, he has had some good runs to get him ready.” “It is a bit funny starting a 2yr-old against the older horses, but that is sort of what is happening at the moment and we can’t do a lot about that.” “So, we will make a start here and move on to the Sires Stakes heats that are coming up.” Krug looks to have the gate speed to cross most of the rivals starting inside his barrier 6 draw if driver Blair Orange chooses to push forward early. Whether that is the right option for a horse having the first run of his new campaign would be left up to the leading reinsman at the start, Dalgety said. Dalgety and Purdon start another of their big guns for the first time since lockdown when Bettathanfast resumes in race 8. The 4yr-old chased Krug home in his workout win before winning at the Ashburton trials, late last month. Like Krug, Bettathanfast has thrived during his lockdown break and has emerged a better horse for it. But that does not necessarily mean the horse will instantly return a winner when he takes on race fit opposition. “He has lifted a bit, too, since his break,” Dalgety said. “But, he is racing quite a few form horses that are pretty tight and race fit.” “We are going to have to be on our game to compete with them.” “But in the weeks to come we will be on song with him.” Admirable comes in to his debut for Dalgety and Purdon after winning both of his post-lockdown trials. The 2yr-old has the class to win on debut in race 2, so long as he behaves. “He is doing good, he is a wee bit of a wild boy, he is a bit of a typical Rock N Roll Heaven.” “But, ability-wise, he shouldn’t be a maiden for too long.” Im A Gigolo also chased Krug home at the workouts ahead of his resumption in race 9. Dalgety expects the 3yr-old to be a place chance in his first run since February. “He just levelled out on us a bit, I am happy with him but just not excited with him at the moment.” “He should be a good place chance.” Arden’s Sweetheart rounds out Dalgety and Purdon’s Addington team in race 11. The 3yr-old was turned out after just one run in her last preparation after going through a growth spurt. “She won really nice in her first start as a 3yr-old and just went through a growth patch and I just wasn’t happy with her.” “She has come back nice, but there might just be some form runners ahead of her.” “She will race in to form as well, though.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again tonight with an eleven race program starting at 4:59pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 10th July   Race 1 Shiffty has looked pretty good at recent trials, top chance to get a win today if he trots all the way….. Build A Bridge Has been galloping away but running nice races after.Include in this field at longer odds and hope he trots….. Yea You has been racing ok and only question mark is his stand start manners, can place…… Pastrana one paced but a place chance if they go hard all the way. Selections:  Shiffty (4),   Build A Bridge (10),   Pastrana (2),    Yea You (8)   Race 2 Admirable 2yo who has been winning at trials. Blair Orange chooses to drive him look no further….. In Chevron We Trust slightly unlucky last start and tricky draw. Not the worst and place claims here….. Reinimin Patron running good races and should be thereabouts again in this field.….. Le Tissier big finish last start but will need to lift again here. Good place hopes if he can find the front early. Selections:  Admirable (11),   In Chevron We Trust (13),   Reinimin Patron (3),    Le Tissier (7)   Race 3 Crackabrie she ran good sectionals last start and top driver on board. Winning claims…… Hells Shadow from a strike rate stable with a good draw. Likely leader early and should be hard to beat…. Cheddar Valley hardly ever out of the top four and drawn well. Can win…. Majorca not far away last start and will be fitter here. Draw helps so must include for multiples. Selections:  Hells Shadow (4),  Cheddar Valley (3),   Crackabrie (11),    Majorca (2)   Race 4 Boom continues to run good races and getting better with racing. Include in this field….. Reklaw's Jules also getting better with racing and could spice up the dividends with some luck in the running….. Pembrook Tilly good beginner and top driver. Likely to be in or near the lead and can place….. Midfrew Luisianabeau trial was ok recently and worth throwing into combinations on that effort. Selections:  Boom  (7),   Reklaw's Jules (11),   Pembrook Tilly (8),    Midfrew Luisianabeau (4)   Race 5 Krug top races last campaign at top age group level. Working well and should win this….. Tom Martin big win last start and he should go on with it from here. Place hopes best ….. Held To Ransom Has been unlucky the last few races but hard to see beating the favourite. Can place. ….. Queenofdance good win three starts ago and unlucky since. Not the worst with a run to suit Selections:  Krug (6),   Tom Martin (5),   Held To Ransom (7),    Queenofdance (4)   Race 6 Majestic Man getting fitter with racing and good second last start. Can win with a run close to the pace…. The Dominator has been running tidy races and slightly better placed here.Should be thereabouts and possible early leader….. Matua Tana racing ok and mobile suits. Chance of another win with no mistakes in the running….. Midnight Dash has been good the last three starts but will need to step up again here. Fence draw will help.. Selections:  Majestic Man (6),   Midnight Dash (1),   The Dominator (4),   Matua Tana (7)   Race 7 Red Envy slightly disappointing here last week but good draw and will be fitter. Top selection….. Tsunami trials and workouts have been ok. Winning claims with luck in the running…… Deja Blue has been racing well this campaign and a win chance from the draw….. Mathilda running on last start and will be fitter. One for longer odds Selections:  Red Envy (2),  Deja Blue (3),   Tsunami (8),   Mathilda (14)   Race 8 Tango Tara running on late last and nearly won.Good draw and top selection here….Cast No Shadow last couple of runs have been good but tricky draw. A winning chance with luck in the running.... Spirit Of St Louis big step up in grade and draw against, but no surprise to see him finish in the money here..... Mikey Maguire draw much better today and has ability. Place caims best in this field. Selections:  Tango Tara (2),   Cast No Shadow (7),   Spirit Of St Louis (9),   Mikey Maguire (5)   Race 9 Willison he was ok in a top field last start and coming in fresh with ok trials. Top selection here….. Burnham Boy trialing well and good draw fresh up. Can run top three with luck….. Glenledi Chief a tricky draw from inside the second row but a chance if he can clear traffic in the straight.…… Rocknroll Rod has run them ragged in front the last couple but this is tougher….winning claims again. Selections:  Willison (5),   Burnham Boy (3),   Rocknroll Rod  (7),    Glenledi Chief (10)   Race 10 Majestic Lavros coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Vacation Hill racing well last campaign mobile suits. Can trouble the favourite….. Aorangi has disappointing the last couple. Place chances best in this field…… Jimmy Carter southern raider who will suit the mobile start. Not the worst here at longer odds. Selections:  Majestic Lavros (5),   Vacation Hill (10),   Jimmy Carter (4),    Aorangi (3)   Race 11 Plutonium Lady coming in fresh but looked the goods last campaign. Should be hard to beat here….. Melody's Mischief will be fitter for her first run back. Place chance in this field….. Carlos Bromac has been brave the last couple. No reason he can not place again here…… A Delightful Act terrible draw but she might go forward early. Winning claims if she can find the front early. Selections:  Plutonium Lady (6),   Carlos Bromac (7),   Melody's Mischief (4),    A Delightful Act (9)   Harnesslink Media

By Jonny Turner    At 82-years-old, Omakau horseman Lionel Sinnamon’s training career just keeps getting better. Sinnamon enjoyed one of the biggest trills of his more than 60-year career when completing a long held ambition to win a race at Addington with Allandale on Sunday. The 5yr-old, owned by Sinnamon’s son, Graham, and his wife Dianne, is just the second horse the trainer has send to unofficial home of New Zealand harness racing during his journey of producing winners in 1959. “It something you aspire to – to be able to get up to headquarters and come home with the goods,” Sinnamon said. “I have only had one before – Idaten – we had him up there chasing Glide Time and Lord Module many years ago in the late seventies.” “Timaru is usually as far away as we get.” Allandale came in to Sunday’s race having already handed Sinnamon a training milestone. The pacer’s victory at Ascot Park three starts prior gave was the trainer his fourth for the season. That set a personal best tally eclipsing his efforts in the six decades since Lyric Lady produced Sinnamon’s first win at a Vincent Jockey Club meeting in 1959. “To win five is unbelievable when you think you spent plenty of years wishing you could win one.” “You have sort of got to pinch yourself to realise it is happening, we have been very lucky.” Though Allandale’s victory ranks near the top of Sinnamon’s fondest harness racing victories, another of the horse’s victory ranks ahead of it. “Our biggest thrill, no doubt, would be Allandale winning with Graham driving him at Omakau about 18 months ago.” “They don’t come any better than that, on our home track with the whole family there.” Allandale was sent north to stay with Robbie Holmes, who drove him to win on Sunday, so Graham could again drive him in amateur driver’s races. The 5yr-old ran last in his first run in Canterbury and was to run in another this week. Last week’s victory came in what was essentially a bonus outing between the two amateur events. “Graham was keen to get a couple of amateur drives in to him and he has had one,” Sinnamon said. “So, that was the plan [on Sunday], to keep him warmed up with a middle step.” “Now he is not eligible for the next amateur race, but I think he will settle for the win. ”Allandale’s victory came in a heat of a regional racing series the Addington club is currently holding. The pacer will stay in Canterbury and could contest further heats of the series while based with Holmes. “We have had to rethink things, he was meant to come home after the second amateur race.” “But, when he is racing as well he is you have to go with the flow.” Allandale is one of three horses Sinnamon has in his stable alongside Gabby’s Star and Fortywives, who is currently spelling. The trio are about the perfect number to Sinnamon busy as he approaches 83. “That is enough to keep me ticking over.” “I am bloody lucky to still be able to do it, really.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

– Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk    Prairie has been knocking on the door for some time and he finally secured his maiden win at Addington Raceway on Sunday. The Gavin Smith-trained and driven three-year-old had finished runner-up in four of his previous five career starts and his connections were relieved to finally get on the board with the son of American Ideal. “He just kept running into nice horses,” Smith said. “All the horses who have beaten him have been pretty progressive types. “When he struck an easier field he was always going to be hard to beat.” Prairie began well from his wide draw and took an early lead for Smith where the pair remained throughout, winning by a half-head over Boom, with a further half-head back to Harrison in third. “He is very laidback so he is actually better following them, but when you are a $2 favourite and jump away you have got to use your advantage,” Smith said. “He waited for them today and halfway down (the straight) you swear he was going to get beaten, but once they got around the edge of his blinds and he could see them he lifted enough to hold them off. “He is a lot better coming off their backs, he is very classy.” While pleased to finally get a win with his promising pacer, Smith said Prairie’s future will likely be in Australia. “There were a few offers for him beforehand, so if we can get it done we will look at going down that avenue now that the owners have got a win,” Smith said. “It will probably be Western Australia, they love the American Ideals. “He is good value, he is small, and has got speed. That was one of the things in the back of my mind when I bought him at the yearling sales. He was only cheap at $10,000. They (Western Australian trainers) like the small American Ideals if they are fast.” Smith currently has 20 other horses in work, mostly young stock, and there are half a dozen juvenile trotters that are exciting him. “There are a few young trotters that are all showing a lot of promise, but they can change a lot in a short space of time,” he said. “There are half a dozen that are showing a lot, surely between them one will step up and do the job.” 

By Jonny Turner    John Morrison will take his junior driver’s premiership quest in to his own hands at Addington on Sunday. Morrison has the chance to extend his one win lead in the national competition with six drives, including two from his own stable. The trainer-driver will attempt a repeat of Standout’s impressive win in his first start from his West Melton barn. A slow beginning was not enough to stop the 4yr-old from powering home to win over 2000m, at Addington last month. Morrison is hopeful Standout can measure up when he steps up in both distance and class on Sunday in race 6. “It was a nice win last time, but this is quite a big step up in class.” “I think he can measure up to them, but it will depend on the kind of run he gets.” “He can’t afford to do too much work, because he is more of a sprinter.” Harrison will make his debut from Morrison’s stable in race 2. The 4yr-old comes in to the 2600m standing start after running third in an Ashburton qualifying trial, last month. Harrison’s lack of ring craft leading in to his debut is Morrison’s biggest concern. “He is a bit of a big, dumb bugger – he is probably six months away from his best.” “But, he is good enough to compete and if he gets away, which he seems to do, hopefully he can hit the line.” “I would say he is a top five chance.” Morrison will reunite will Champagneandwine following her narrow second to Sagano at Addington last weekend for trainer Malcolm Shinn. The standing start specialist steps up from 2000m to 2600m, which Morrison thinks will suit her even better. “The 2600m should suit her even better because she is a stayer, she is a nice mare that is better over the longer distances.” “Hopefully she can step well, which she usually does, and she can be thereabouts.” “She has been really consistent and hopefully she just holds that form.” “We have put blinds on her this week, too, so that should sharpen her up a bit, too.” Champagneandwine clashes with impressive debut winner American Sniper in race 5. Morrison combines with Sunnivue Philleah, who treks north after producing consistent form in Southland recently. Though the junior driver has not driven the mare, he has seen plenty of her recently. “I have driven in a lot of the races she has been in and she has being going nice.” “If we get a nice run somewhere – she is more of a one run type by the looks of her – she should be right there.” Time In A Bottle in race 1 and Gottagettabeer in race 8 look outside chances for Morrison. “Time In A Bottle has been looking for a short distance and she has finally got it.” “She can trot a bit, but you just don’t know which one is going to turn up.” “Gottagettabeer is probably one to watch when the grass tracks start up, I’d say.” Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

By Jonny Turner     Toliman Lodge proprietors Ken Barron and Blair Orange unveiled a trotter with a good future at Addington on Friday night in impressive debut winner, Cochy Malc. The Dream Vacation 3yr-old continued his dam Cochy Bondu’s perfect record when striding to an effortless win in race 1. Barron confirmed his stable has a decent opinion of the horse. “He is a lovely horse.” Cochy Malc became the fourth winner of four foals his four-win dam has had at the races. That breeding is part of the reason Barron can see his 3yr-old putting together a good record. “If he keeps improving the way he is, with his breeding, he should go up through the grades.” Cochy Malc is a half-brother to Over The Love, who rushed through to open class when winning six of his 19 starts for Barron and Orange. The talented Love You gelding has missed this entire season after being injured ahead of his last start third in the group 3 Southern Lights Trot at Ascot Park in March of last year. “He broke a splint bone on the float on the way down for the Southern Lights Trot and he still ran third,” Barron said. “When we got him home it took us quite a while to figure out why he was sore.” “He has just started fast working again now.” Cochy Malc will try to add to his family’s record while Over The Love progresses towards the races. Barron plans to give the 3yr-old a handful of starts during the winter before freshening him. Barron and Orange completed a winning double when Bettor Grunter took out race 5. The 3yr-old Bettor’s Delight gelding had made steady progress towards the winner’s circle, running second to Arden Messi leading in to the event. According to his trainer, it has been a lack of focus, rather than a lack of ability that has stopped Bettor Grunter from winning before Friday night. “He is one of those big, dumb horses that switches on and off in his races and that has been his problem.” It is hoped that more racing will help the 3yr-old develop his race smarts. Barron was not the only trainer at Friday night’s meeting to notch a winning double. Robert Dunn notched back-to-back victories when Hayden’s Meddle took out race 6 and Kensington Bill won race 7. Hayden’s Meddle held on to win race 6 by a head over Cast No Shadow in an exciting finish to Friday night’s feature pace. The 6yr-old made a sweeping run around the field before hanging tough in the home straight for driver John Dunn. Kensington came with a big finish wide on the track to win for stable junior driver Korban Newman. Reprinted with permission of HRNZ

Welcome to the Harness Analyst series where we take a look at New Zealand's harness racing with free previews,tips and reviews of trials and the previous weeks racing. Harness racing hits Addington again today with a nine race program starting at 12:40pm and in this video we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good day of racing. The content and data on this video is provided for informational purposes only Check below the video for our selections for all of the races today for Addington.   Addington Selections 5th July   Race 1 Kahress in good form and mobile suits should run first or second here……That’s The Story ok last start and can go a big race here……Girls Let Loose a question mark on the manners but is a chance if she can trot all the way…..Time In A Bottle nice draw but some of these here are better place at best. Selections:  Kahress  (2),   That’s The Story (4),   Girls Let Loose (3),    Time In A Bottle (1)   Race 2 Franco Nathan he broke and lost his chance last start but workouts prior were good,top selection……Ashes To Ashes nice draw and good third last start. One of the major players in this race…..Praire has run two good seconds and a nice chance to breakthrough for a win today……Suzie Reignmaker good workout win at Rangiora and top driver booked. Can win first up. Selections:  Franco Nathan (5),   Praire (7),   Ashes To Ashes (1),    Suzie Reignmaker (10)   Race 3 Stick Man he strikes a winnable race here and a good chance with the top driver taking the reins…..Vintage Beach normally a good beginner and should be thereabouts with a cosy run on the fence…….Flamboyant a bit one paced but has claims here if the pace is on all the way…..Chloe has not had the best of luck and a better draw here. Dangerous if left alone in front. Selections:  Stick Man  (3),   Vintage Beach (2),   Flamboyant (6),    Chloe (7)   Race 4 Justan’s Sister has the best from in the race and a chance to grab a win here in the junior drivers race…..With Ice mobile will suit and a good chance here with a mistake free run in transit……The Eye Of The Tiger getting better with racing and smaller field suits. Include……Idle Moose has been racing better fields recently and one for longer odds in this race. Selections:  Justan’s Sister  (6),   With Ice (8),   The Eye Of The Tiger (4),    Idle Moose (7)   Race 5 Arocknatthepark broke early last start but normally reliable. Should be hard to beat with a clean getaway…..Stealth Bomber stand suits and a danger to the favourite if he can get to the pegs early…..Pats Dragon has been racing well and is a good chance with luck in the running here…..Blue Chip Delight running on last start from back in the field. Place hopes if he can land closer to the pace. Selections:  Pats Dragon (8),   Arocknatthepark  (2),   Stealth Bomber (3),    Blue Chip Delight (9)   Race 6 Go Davey getting back in the running at his previous starts but has been finishing ok. Winning claims if he can get closer to them before the home turn....Elo Louise holding them before a late gallop at the recent trials. Will be tough to beat with manners….Fynn Frost has been racing well without a lot of luck. Smaller field here will suit and he can win…..Standout easy win fresh up and will be improved. Good place claims here. Selections:  Go Davey (7),   Fynn Frost  (6),   Elo Louise (9),   Standout (2)   Race 7 Jazelle good finish in a strong field on Friday. This looks hers for the taking with a clear run in transit…..Pauls Verdict better last start and he normally holds his form. Can place……Essence Of Easton running on late last start and better draw here. Top three player…..Szybka Lane drawn to get a run through early. Can finish into the placings. Selections:  Jazelle  (10),   Pauls Verdict (5),   Essence Of Easton (4),   Szybka Lane (11)   Race 8 Megarock gets the ace draw to work with and has been running nice races. Top selection……Conquer Me great second last start and only needs manners to be somewhere near winning this…..Kwik Sport good second three starts back. Winning claims with luck in transit…..Mongolian Marshal has been freshened for this. Might start favourite and can win. Selections:  Megarock  (1),   Conquer Me (5),   Kwik Sport (6),    Mongolian Marshal (3)   Race 9 Distinguished Taste better run last start and could be on the way up. Top selection here….. Kayla Maguire good run for second last start and possible leader early. Needed here…..Magical Matty has been running on in her races and draw suits. Good place chance in this…..Machs Mareta disappointing last start but puts in the odds strong performance. Winning chance with one run at them. Selections:  Distinguished Taste  (7),   Kayla Maguire (6),   Magical Matty (2),   Machs Mareta (5)   Best Bet : Jazelle                          Value Bet : Go Davey   Harnesslink Media

By Josh Smith - Harness News Desk    William Wallace kept his undefeated three-year-old record intact at Addington Raceway on Friday when easily accounting for his rivals in the Allied Security Mobile Pace (2600m). The son of Bettor’s Delight was pushed forward early by driver Matt Anderson to take the lead before handing up to last-start winner Bossmaro. William Wallace was given the perfect trip in the trail and cruised to the line to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Seamark, with a further 2-3/4 lengths back to Bossmaro in third. Trainer Mitchell Kerr was delighted with the win and was just happy to get the talented pacer back to the races after a near seven-month absence. “He is a lovely horse, I have got a lot of time for him and it’s just good to have him back on the track,” Kerr said. “He has been off the scene for a while, so it’s just good to see him do his thing and hopefully he carries on with it. “Matty (Anderson) was really happy with him, he just did it under his own steam like he can do. He just does what he has to that boy.” Runner-up in the Gr.2 Diamond Creek Farm 2YO Classic (2200m), William Wallace subsequently finished fifth and sixth in the Gr.1 Garrard’s 2YO Sires’ Stakes Series Final (1980m) as a juvenile before coming of age as a three-year-old. He won first-up this season at Addington Raceway in December and was being set for a tilt at some of the Derbys, however, COVID-19 put an end to those plans. While he wasn’t able to contest any stakes races as a three-year-old, Kerr believes William Wallace has the talent to make it through to the highest level. “I had him ready for the Derbys, but it was just a disaster that they got canned,” Kerr said. “I think he is a very serious horse and he is still learning all the time. He will only get better and better and I am pretty hopeful he should go through the grades.” Kerr had a number of other representatives on Friday and he believes both Change Is Good and Matt Damon, who finished fourth and fifth respectively in the HRS Construction Handicap Pace (2600m), will take a lot of benefit from the run. “Change Is Good went massive,” Kerr said. “She did a bit of work early, she is a tough old thing. She is just in a really hard grade at the moment with the way the races are panning out with the mares. “She is going well and her turn won’t be too far away. “Matt Damon, 20m fresh-up tonight and it was his first run back in a long time. He had a good blow and will improve 10-fold off that. “I am pretty sure he will bounce back next time.” Meanwhile, Kerr was disappointed with Storm’s run when finishing fifth in the Peek Exhibition Mobile Pace (1980m) and he said he will investigate further to see if there are any underlying issues. “Storm went okay, she’s just not going quite as good as what I hoped. Something is just not quite right with her, so we’ll take some blood tests and see what is going on with her. “She is a better filly than that. In saying that she has had a couple of tough runs, so we will go back to the drawing board with her and get her right again and hopefully she will bounce back.”

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